Hog vs. Grizzly
Bizarre motorcycle crash claims grizzly's life
grizzly bear was killed in a bizarre road accident
struck down by a motorcycle in
Calgary woman driving the motorbike was thrown onto the
Kananaskis County roadway, but escaped the frightening
ordeal without serious injuries.
The bear death is the
third in the past week in Calgary's mountainous back
On July 26, a
six-year-old grizzly was shot on the Morley reserve,
about halfway between Calgary and Banff.
The motorcyclist was
out for a drive with her husband, who was riding his own
bike and witnessed the collision around 3:45 p.m.
"It stopped, the lady
kept going," said Jamie Campbell of Foothills Regional
EMS, describing what happened to the motorbike when it
struck the bear. "She went up and over the handlebars
and landed on the pavement, and then the bike skidded
down the road."
The woman, who was
wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, was taken to
hospital with injuries to her hands.
"There's lots of
wildlife that gets hit, but not bears and motorcycles
very often, so this is quite uncommon," Mr. Campbell
said Saturday. "Deer versus cars -- lots. Occasionally
deer versus motorcycle. I don't think I've done a bear
versus motorcycle in my career yet."
Mr. Campbell said the
woman is lucky to come away without more serious
injuries. "A bear's pretty solid, so she's going to stop
all of a sudden," he said.
Last Tuesday, a park
warden shot a black bear in Lake Louise. The animal was
acting aggressively, but DNA tests proved it was not the
same bear that attacked a jogger a month ago.
A recent study by
Parks Canada found grizzly bear deaths due to human
activity were bringing the animal to dangerously low
levels in Banff National Park.
The report, which
looked at all known grizzly deaths in the mountain parks
over an 18-year period, found that half of the animals
killed were females. The largest killer was trains, with
bears attracted to grain spilled along the tracks.
(note: this may not be the same bear, do some research using the search box below...)
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